A cardiologist on the side is optional

The most remarkable thing about Chick-fil-A might be how amazingly unhealthy it is. Chicken fat is loaded with cholesterol. Okay, they offer some healthier options than the fried chicken sandwich. What I want to know is why are we so determined to create sympathy for Chick-fil-A?

The operation is decidedly anti-LGBT and it donates money to anti-LGBT hate groups. We have the option of not patronizing them.

Imagine this scenario in, say, Alabama:

Suppose that the transit authority decided to build a new main terminal at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and suppose that Starbucks submitted a bid for a new store on the concourse. Let’s further assume that some puffed up Christianist state legislator planned to exclude Starbucks from consideration because it “promotes homosexuality and gender confusion.”

Or suppose red states started blocking business opportunities because of donations to Planned Parenthood. Imagine our outrage.

According to the hate group American Family Association:

Chick-fil-A was initially included in plans for new restaurants and businesses at the San Antonio Airport, but that was changed after some council members raised concerns over what they call Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBTQ behavior.

On Thursday, the the city council voted 6-4 (with one abstention) against Chick-fil-A. Eugene Volokh (an LGBTQ supporter) would probably argue the libertarian point of view for allowing Chick-fil-A. For me it is a matter of common sense. We are not going to change Chick-fil-A’s corporate behavior. We have been trying to do that for many years. Why make them a Christian hero? Why make us look like anti-Christian bigots? Why risk retaliation?

Our behavior is inviting others to do the same thing to our supporters and allies. That has the potential of making corporate America less LGBTQ supportive. It is a risk that we should not take. The upside of doing so is very limited. Allow the market to decide whether or not Chick-fil-A is economically viable for an individual franchisee.

By the way, the Chicken Deluxe Sandwich has 500 calories, 23 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 80 milligrams of cholesterol and 1,640 milligrams of sodium. In other words it is a coronary bypass on a plate. Yuk!

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.